Museum of Oriental Art

Lonely Planet review

This impressive museum on the Boulevard Ring holds three floors of exhibits, spanning the Asian continent. Of particular interest is the 1st floor, dedicated mostly to the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Asia (meaning the Russian republics of Cukotka, Yakutiya and Priamurie). But the entire continent is pretty well represented, even the countries that were not part of the Russian or Soviet empires. The collection covers an equally vast time period, from ancient times to the 20th century, including painting, sculpture and folk art. One unexpected highlight is a special exhibit on Nikolai Rerikh, the Russian artist and explorer who spent several years travelling and painting in Asia.